Supporting development in remote communities



The Mexican government declared internet access a human right with a constitutional amendment in 2013. In July 2016, the United Nations followed suit, shining a spotlight on what the internet means to quality of life. The pandemic further highlighted the necessity of internet access, as people shifted to work from home and governments developed apps to manage pandemic-related communication, documentation, and medical appointments.

The current Mexican government recognises that lack of equitable internet access makes it difficult to realise equal access to work, basic education, and public services. It has charged the federal agency, CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos (CFE TEIT) with addressing the issue under the “Internet para todos” (Internet for everyone) initiative, making it easier for Mexican citizens to connect.

As part of this program, CFE TEIT chose SES to deploy more than 1,100 broadband hotspots across Mexico, connected to the internet via SES-17. CFE TEIT knew that it could count on SES to quickly install the needed equipment on budget, while meeting both the needs for internet and the requirements for future backhaul installations. This contract follows our successful roll-out of more than 1,000 free hotspots connected via SES-15 in 2022. SES meets CFE TEIT’s throughput requirements of 12/3Mbps.

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CFE TEIT and its partners installed a total of 55,360 points in 2022, providing free internet to its population with the goal of having 140,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots operating throughout the country by 2023. The Wi-Fi hotspots are installed in strategic locations to ensure the entire population has reliable internet access, including remote areas and previously under-served communities.

SES’s Managed Internet via SES-17 is provided to CFE TEIT as an end-to-end solution. It enables the federal agency to efficiently adjust its bandwidth requirements in response to changes in demand, while reducing the cost and complexity associated with delivering connectivity via satellite. The solution includes the operation of the hub, and providing Ka-band connectivity to the terminals via the SES-17 satellite. SES is responsible for the installation of the terminals, relocation if required, and removal at the end of the contract.

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